ESPN.com Predicts Bledsoe to Be Most Improved Player

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The buzz around Eric Bledsoe can be heard outside the confines of Phoenix.

ESPN.com rolled out its annual NBA award predictions on Monday, with popular names such as LeBron James, Dwight Howard and Doc Rivers coming away with the win-by-vote honors.

Most Improved Player, however, is a yearly guess revolving around formerly leashed talent that projects to break loose thanks to a better role and/or change of scenery.

With both those factors in play, Bledsoe was the leading vote-getter for MIP honors along with New Orleans Pelicans center Anthony Davis. Both players received five votes each from a panel of 28 media members.

Bledsoe is slated as a starting guard alongside Goran Dragic after playing just 20 minutes per game with the Clippers last season. The four-year player finished fourth in the league in preseason steals per game (2.7) and also led the Suns in scoring and assists in that stretch.